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Update Notes for Gboard, YouTube, Android Auto, and more (Sept 14, 2019)

Every week, I examine somewhere in the neighborhood of a hundred app updates while looking for changes. The most interesting things turn into APK Teardowns or Download posts. Many of the remaining updates are unremarkable, amounting to a few bug fixes, routine updates to libraries, or even just pixel-level adjustments to layouts and images. However, there are usually a few updates that land somewhere in between. I don't want to spam readers with dozens of short posts, but I hate to ignore things that people might want to know about, so I'm going to wrap up the leftovers for a little weekend reading and call it Update Notes.

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25 temporarily free and 82 on-sale apps and games for the weekend

Welcome to the start of the weekend, everyone. As always, I've highlighted the more interesting titles in bold to make discovery more accessible. I'm also excited to announce that we have a sponsor today, so please give Scrolling Words - Search Word from Moving Letters a warm welcome for supporting our work to report the best sales available on the Play Store.

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Sorry, HTPC owners: YouTube is killing its web-based TV interface

YouTube launched its 'Leanback' interface in 2010, originally designed as an automatic playback client for when you didn't want to search and navigate through videos yourself. It later turned into a full-fledged web application for control with a remote, intended for use with smart TVs and other similar devices. Unfortunately, the Leanback web app is about to join the Google Graveyard.

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[Update: Shopping app arrives] Google Express is now Google Shopping, Feed and YouTube integration coming soon

Earlier this month, a report from The Information claimed Google was preparing to overhaul its shopping services — including Google Express. Now the company has officially announced the merging of Shopping Search and Express into the new Google Shopping.

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[Update: Rolling out again] Google app getting full dark mode for Search, Assistant, and in-app Discover feed [APK Download]

About a month ago, the Google app started showing early signs of a dark mode implementation, but users who had the design only saw it interspersed throughout the interface in some sort of chimera mode that mixed white elements, dark ones, and illegible text in many instances. Now, the proper dark mode is showing up for some users, with the entire interface dipped into darkness, from the entire Google app to Assistant and all of its settings.

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Chrome 77 adds 'Send this page' feature, lets sites import contacts, improves Lite Mode, and more

It has been about a month since Chrome 77 entered beta, and right on schedule, it has now graduated to the stable branch. This release doesn't have many groundbreaking changes on the surface, but there are still some new features worth mentioning. Without further ado, let's take a deep dive into Chrome 77!

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Every new Android 10 feature: The in-depth changelog for Google's latest OS

Google has released the latest version of its mobile OS, Android 10, but what's new? Your eagle-eyed Android Police editors (with your help) have been combing through the latest version for months since the earliest Android Q betas looking for new features, changes, improvements, and even setbacks. We've enumerated everything we've found here, together with a brief description of what it is or does. So, let's take a look at Android 10.

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Google Maps beta solicits ratings for hired professionals like plumbers, movers, and contractors

If you're using Google Maps to find hired professionals, you might notice that they have fewer ratings than the restaurants or businesses you usually visit. This makes sense – handymen come to you, and you might not even know or care where exactly their business is based. To combat this, the latest Google Maps beta has started asking users to rate hired professionals that may have worked for them.

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The best web browsers for Android

You probably don't think much about the web browser on your phone. No matter what browser you've grown accustomed to using, there are plenty of other options that might improve your experience. Unlike Apple, which requires all third-party browsers to use the Safari rendering engine (and doesn't allow other browsers to be the system default), Google allows any web browser with any engine to be published to the Play Store ⁠— giving Android phones and tablets more options for browsing the web than any iOS device.

In the post, we'll go over some of the best web browsers available for Android.

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[Update: Live in Canary] Chrome may soon add native clipboard sharing

One of Chrome's signature features is the option to sync your complete browsing experience across all devices you own. There are just a couple of notable exceptions from this synchronization though, including the option to access the same clipboard across multiple devices, which would allow you to copy and paste information from one computer to another (or to a phone). While some extensions can provide this ability, sharing everything you type with a browser add-on comes with inherent security risks. As such, Google appears to be working on native clipboard sharing capability, although we don't have a lot of details yet.

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